#2105 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was at home enjoying the sunshine in Bristol England. I was in the garden as the weather had been quite warm for this time of year. My Mum called me and told me to put the news on - this was at 1400 hrs fifteen minutes after the first plane had hit. I watched in shock the unfolding events - still chatting to my mum on the phone. I was in utter disbelief that i watched the second jet crash in to the second tower. I felt sick to my stomach at the thought of what I had just seen. People actually were jumping from the buildings, it felt sureal. I cried when the towers fell, cried for all the families who would never meet again. I can honestly say that no single event has affected me so much not even the death of our own Princess Di.
Liz | 27 | United Kingdom

#2096 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
My names Gail Thomas from Wales UK, I was in Stiges a small sea side resort by Barcelona in Spain. My partner and I had had a day at the beach and as we headed back to our hotel we noticed a lot of people gathered round television screens in local bar. We went over to check it out and what we saw we just couldn't comprehend it was like something out of a film. I think that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Gail Thomas | 22 | United Kingdom

#2084 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was in a hosipital in England recovering from depression and an attempted suicide! I did not need any more treatment after watching the events that unfolded. Life was put into perspective. I'd lived and worked in New York and lost many friends from the towers. My life suddenly felt so precious. I had so much to live for and be happy about and the only sorrow that I should have been feeling was for the victims and families involved. I still cry sometimes with anger, sometimes, with saddness and sometimes just remembering the good times I had with the people I'd lost but NEVER have I cryed for myself since, never have I had any pity for myself. Why did it have to happen? A question no one will never be able to answer. I will never know the grief that many people suffered but my heart is with them and hope that they can take comfort in everyone's support.
God bless America and all that stand by it!

L | 26 | United Kingdom

#2078 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am originally from England UK and was in New York for my cousins 1st birthday party. At the time of the WTC bombings I was in Corona Queens, I first saw the WTC on the TV when only the one plane had hit, contemplating what had happened thinking that it was an horrific accident, and to my amazement watched as a second plane hit. From that instant my aunt and me knew that this was done deliberately and could not believe what we were seeing, my Uncle a NY cab driver had just dropped a passenger outside the WTC and after which the second plane had hit. He had luckily drove away from the scene and witnessed the ball of fire.
I offer my sincere condolences to all the victims and their families of 9/11. Rajinder Bharath.

Rajinder Singh bharath | 24 | United Kingdom

#2075 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
We were on holidays in a small fishing village in Spain, where we did not have television in our apartment. We had spent the afternoon of 11 September (it happened 2:46 Spanish time) on the beach unaware of what was going on in New York. I still remember (and feel ashamed), that I was sulking large parts of the afternoon, because my boyfriend had been teasing me over my lack of tan after nearly three weeks in the sun. Since we had to get up very early the next morning to go on a day trip, we grabbed a take-away from a beach restaurant, went back to our apartment and to bed very early, without hearing about the attacks.

On our daytrip, at the first toilet stop on the way, I saw on a muted television, that there was kind of an explosion in a large house, and they had interviews with George W.Bush, and Saddam Hussein. I told my boyfriend that it felt as if “something was going on”, but actually I thought that someone had started war with Iraq or similar. Only when we arrived at our destination and stopped at a pub where the television was on, did we see that it was actually a plane flying in a house. Since it said “reporting live from Madrid”, and our Spanish was not good enough to follow the excited reporter's commentary, we thought that a small plane had hit a skyscraper in Madrid. Out of context it looked like a tragic but relatively small incident, and our imagination was not good enough to imagine anything of the scale of September 11.

It was only in the afternoon, when we went past a shop selling international newspapers, that we discovered what really happended, and it has taken much longer to understand the full extent of the attacks.

Ulrike | 29 | United Kingdom

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